Hi! My name is Alexander Khimushin. Nine years ago I packed my backpack to see the world and have been globe-trotting ever since visited 84 countries. While travelling the world, I realized that people are the most amazing part of it.

Three years ago I came up with an idea of the photo project 'The World In Faces' that would celebrate beauty and diversity of the world through the portraits of ordinary people. Especially from those remote places, where culture and traditions are still alive. Since then I have taken thousands of portraits all over the world. Last six months I photographed indigenous people of Siberia.

An enormous region, almost a double size of Australia and 30% larger than the United States, Canada or the whole Europe. Siberia is one of the world’s last frontiers of the unknown. No doubt, everyone heard that it is very cold and sparsely populated, but what do we know about people living there?

During my half-a-year-long solo journey, I covered 25,000 km to visit many remote locations across Siberia: from lake Baikal shores to the coast of Japan sea, from endless steppes of Mongolia to the coldest place on Earth - Yakutia. All with only one mission - to capture faces and traditions of various groups of indigenous people living there. While some of the ethnic groups are dominant in their regions, many others are on the edge of disappearance, with a total population as low as only a hundred people left. They remain largely unknown to the outside world.

More info: khimushin.com | Facebook | Instagram

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Ulchi Woman

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Agnes Jekyll
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That coat she's wearing is incredible...i imagine its waterproof? So interesting how she's incorporated silks and cotton.

Pammie Podlink
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wisdom, dignity and a beautiful spirit.

Kim Westmorland
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh I sooo love this one ... Ancestral power and beauty .. the expression in her face and the timeless lines of wisdom and knowledge <3

Nadine Lujan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow - she has such a "presence" - power, strength, determination just flow from her. Regal, beautiful and amazing.

Kenny Kulbiski
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just know she's thousands of years old and knows all kinds of powerful magic.

Fifyhun Enw
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A wonderful photo showing peace, wisdom and respect. A very elegant lady

bruno sng
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks like someone who can give me a G+++ Rank monster hunter quest

Terri Rowland
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder what stories she would tell about the history of the people there

Mer
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful woman, oh, the things she has seen!

pajd
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What this lady has seen and knows. Wonderful face.

Yugan Talovich
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The patterns on this dignified lady's coat remind me of the Ainu.

Sri Fong
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome coat and old lady .How ancient handicraft surpass modern mass production wear .

Heidi MacDonald
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To gain from her knowledge one must ask a wise question

Heidi MacDonald
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@Agnes Jekyll- Yes it is incredible ;)

John Browne
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

💜 a lovely reservoir of wisdom... ^..^

Charles Laster
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such a face-- so much of life there!

Karen Chaddock
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another beautifully made coat and this woman is just so quaint.

Danny Root
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With the hard life these people endure, I wouldn't be surprised if she were only in her 60s or 70s.

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Evenki Little Reindeer Herder

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Jeremie Guerra
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Daddy, daddy, I want a dog...wait no, a caribou! for my birthday :D

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Ulchi Girl

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Agnes Jekyll
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The cut aways on the cuffs of her sleeves are reversed--and it's like a kimono. Fascinating and beautiful. I wonder if she made it?

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Uilta Little Girl

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Kimberly Putney
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a cutie! Love the dimple. She looks like a happy child. Innocent and unburdened.

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Ainu Young Man

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Agnes Jekyll
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that robe is so gorgeous! What's the story behind it? the work is incredible--and the fabrics--are they made by the Ainu or traded?

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Oroqen Man

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Buryat Man

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Even Young Man

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Kathleen Lovell
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's not sure about the photography thing but proud of his clothes totally matching.

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Ulchi Young Man

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Udege Man

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Flavia Slag
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He has been on many hunts to feed his family and perhaps the whole tribe.

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Semeyskie Woman

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Orochi Woman

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Udege Shaman

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Tuvan Mongolian Man

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Karen Nomura
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He has the hands of a hard working man, competing with the elements.

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Yakut Shaman

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Terri Rowland
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The design of the eagle is incredible, what is it made from and how is it attached?

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Buryat Gelugpa Monk

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Pam S
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These photos are phenomenal! Thank you so much for sharing!

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